Your donation positively impacts a child’s life, and it makes you a part of something BIG.
Make a One Time Gift
Your gift will help recruit Big Brothers and Big Sisters, cover background safety checks, and provide ongoing Match support.
Become a Match Maker
The cost of matching and maintaining the relationship of a volunteer Big and their Little Brother or Little Sister is approximately $1,200 per year. Contributing the full amount online or by mail, or with monthly payments of $100 automatically deducted from your debit or credit card – qualifies you to be a Match Maker for a young boy or young girl.
As an Arizona resident, you can give up to $400 as a single person or up to $800 for a married couple claiming the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit. Consider becoming a Match Maker and make a BIG difference in the life of a Little!
Give the Gift of Securities
Gifts of securities to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson (BBBST) can be accepted in one of two ways:
Year-End IRA Charitable Distributions
The law allowing tax-free direct charitable individual retirement account distributions is now permanent. This is an additional way to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson.
An individual age 70½ or older can make direct charitable gifts annually up to $100,000 from a Traditional or Roth IRA to Big BBBST and not have to report the IRA distributions as taxable income on their federal income tax return. There is no charitable deduction for the IRA distributions. However, not paying tax on otherwise taxable income is the equivalent of a charitable deduction. Tax-free distributions are for outright (direct) gifts only — not life-income gifts.
Distributions from employer-sponsored retirement plans, including Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees IRAs and simplified employee pensions, aren’t qualified charitable distributions (QCD); nor are distributions from Keoghs, 403(b) plans, 401(k) plans, profit sharing and other plans. But there is a two-step solution for funds from a non-qualified pension plan to qualify: (1) Roll over a non-qualified pension plan into a qualified IRA. That’s generally tax free (make sure that’s so). (2) The qualified IRA then makes the distributions directly to the charity.
Alert! Gifts of cash and securities can most often be made at the last minute. But IRA administrators generally can’t or won’t make an eleventh-hour direct IRA distribution to the designated charity by the midnight Dec. 31st deadline.
Donate in honor of a loved one. Please provide the name of your honoree and to let us know to whom and where to send a card acknowledging your gift.
Bequests and Other Estate Plans
Donors to BBBST and others who may not have given but believe in our mission may choose to include BBBST in their will or other estate plans.
Very often donors of modest gifts want to provide a lasting legacy for the youth of Tucson through BBBST. Leaving a little or a lot through bequests or other forms in your estate can make a big difference!
Your legacy can have an impact. A planned gift to BBBST ensures the continuation of our landmark mentoring programs. Consider including BBBST as a beneficiary of your charitable trust, bequest or endowment. For more information contact Michael Blimes at (520) 624-2447 ext. 105 or email email@example.com.
Fry’s Community Reward Program
Support BBBST just by shopping at Fry's! It's easy when you enroll in Fry's Community Rewards! Once enrolled, select BBBST (NPO #53383) and each time you shop you will earn rewards for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson, while still receiving Fry’s Rewards for yourself!
Corporate Matching Gifts
Matching gift programs often vary by employer, both in eligibility and in the maximum amount of the gift they will match. Some companies will match donations by employees, retirees, board directors and/or spouses. Does your employer, your spouse’s employer, or the employer from whom you or your spouse have retired have a matching gift program? Find out today and designate BBBST, or contact us and we will inquire on your behalf.
United Way – Corporate Giving
Are you a federal or state employee? Through the Combined Federal Campaign (#67794) and the Employee Combined Appeal Program (#9728), you can easily designate your donation to BBBST. Use the ID numbers provided in completing the necessary paperwork to designate BBBST.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson Donation Center accepts and sells gently used clothing and dedicates the proceeds to support the mission and programs of BBBST. Visit the Donation Center online and arrange for a pickup, or drop by one of the Donation Centers across Tucson.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson will not sell, rent or lease donor information to other organizations. BBBST may use donor information in the following ways:
As part of our donor recognition efforts, BBBST typically does not publicly recognize individual donors by name, but may do so for businesses, philanthropic foundations, other organizations and government entities.